Hyundai introduced the Kona for the 2018 model year, leading to a compact crossover receiving a mid-cycle refresh for 2021. The model will be completely redesigned, and new spy shots reveal that development is continuing on the car. Fresh photos capture the redesigned Kona pulling heavy loads.
Hyundai continues to hide the crossover’s new design, but is slowly losing the thick layer of camouflage covering. The Kona’s lack of cladding at the front reveals a crossover that retains the split-headlight styling of the current model, but Hyundai changed its design to make it vertical instead of horizontal. This is the design language Hyundai uses on the new Palisade and Tucson.
This crossover looks a little bigger than the model it will replace, but we don’t expect Hyundai to change the wheelbase or the length of the model. The interior dimensions should also be similar. Hyundai has completely hidden the rear design, but it looks like the crossover will continue to feature a separate taillight style.
The trailer likely means that Hyundai is testing the vehicle’s petrol powertrain. Hyundai should continue to offer models with petrol and all-electric options. There are also rumors that the hotter Kona N Line is coming back. However, we don’t know any specifics about the potential powertrain. Engine comes out and performance should match current crossovers.
An earlier spy shot captured the Kona’s interior, revealing a dual screen taking up half of the dashboard. The dashboard layout is the same as that of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover, with a number of buttons below the center screen. The Hyundai covers the rest of the dashboard, making it difficult to see other details. The display must be equipped with the latest Hyundai software.
Hyundai hasn’t announced when we’ll see the new Kona cover break, but all indications point to an early 2023 reveal, with the crossover set to go on sale soon after. Sales of the Kona have steadily increased since its introduction, although 2022 sales may fall in anticipation of the redesigned vehicle. They are down a bit for the first half of the year. Updated models with new designs and technologies will help increase sales.